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Mixed Reactions

September 22, 2011

A very successful meeting of the Cardigan Continuum was held this week. Under discussion was the Bearman article ‘Moments of Risk: Identifying Threats to Electronic Records’. Opinion was mixed, although there did seem to be some consensus that what was particularly valuable was Bearman’s retrospective summary of early research activity into electronic records in the 1990s. As always, both those who were there and those who were not are welcome to leave additional comments below.

The discussion also ranged over wider issues and a wonderful suggestion was made that we should invent a shredder-scanner. Then those believing themselves to be shredding the evidence, would actually be scanning it in and automatically uploading it to WikiLeaks! There was also the suggestion that as an optional task for the next meeting, those of an artistic nature could attempt to draw a picture of how they imagined the author of the article they were reading to look, based only on that article.

Speaking of which the date for the next meeting has been set for Wednesday 9 November at 6.30pm. We will meet once again in the Marquis of Granby as we all liked it and the text for discussion will be Chris Hurley’s piece ‘Strength Below and Grace Above: The Structuration of Records’. Hope to see you there.

  1. Love the article suggested for the next meeting already as it has the continuum matrix in it! I was a little disappointed by the Bearman article as it did not offer anything new and I started to doubt the objectivity of the author after a while (not a huge fan of excessive self-citation). However, it generated a great discussion about what was a record and whether a draft is a record and emails as records and and and – but once again no consensus was achieved and we will forever be stuck with the ISO definition….

    Looking forward to the next meeting already.

  2. Andrew Janes permalink

    Like Nicole, I found other people’s opinions more stimulating than the article itself.

    The article did get me thinking – not about threats to electronic records but about the relationship between creation and capture, both among the archives that my colleagues and I look after and in our day-to-day use of our EDRMS. It hadn’t struck me before quite how varied the create-capture relationship is.

    My intuition is that, historically-speaking, non-text materials have often suffered (if I may use such a loaded word) from relatively delayed capture. I wonder if that would stand up to investigation?

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